In the last episode of the current season of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to social prescribing link worker Darren (Daz) Dooler. Daz Dooler has worked for Live Well Wakefield for 18 months as a ‘Self Help Support Worker’. Having become involved in the Expert Patients Programme (formerly part of South West Yorkshire Partnership) and completing the General Self-Management Community Course, he moved forward to become a volunteer for the service and trained to become a tutor. He then went on to become a governor at SWYFT and started his own community group The S.M.a.S.H Society. Here he ensures [...]
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A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Health and the Natural Environment has been established to investigate the benefits that connecting with the natural environment has on our health and wellbeing. The group, which is chaired by Alexander Stafford MP, will investigate: The impact and benefits of nature to peoples’ health and wellbeing particularly those most heavily impacted by COVID or from disadvantage areas. The challenges and barriers to helping more people access the natural environment more regularly, especially those from disadvantaged areas, and what changes in policy and provision are required. How we might build resilience in local communities, by looking [...]
On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to comedian Justin Moorhouse. Describing himself as a 'comedian then dog walker then parent', Justin is a busy bloke! Normally found on the road touring up and the country for his comedy shows, Justin had to adapt through the pandemic and turned his hand to podcasting, volunteering and heading out into nature - while still making everyone he meets keel over with laughter. In this episode, Justin talks about how volunteering has helped his own mental health and why connecting with people is so important - specially to tackle [...]
Social prescribing connects people experiencing loneliness and social isolation, to support individuals and communities recovering from the pandemicLydia Taylor2021-06-16T16:09:35+01:00
Isolation and loneliness has been a key issue during the pandemic, with 7.2% of adults reporting loneliness from Oct 2020 – Feb 2021 The impact of loneliness on health – physical and mental – is significant Across the country innovative social prescribing projects are connecting people to improve outcomes and transform lives The National Academy for Social Prescribing is playing a key role in supporting work in this area by working with key partners through its Thriving Communities Programme Loneliness is one of the biggest challenges of our time, affecting people of all ages and background (Campaign to End Loneliness) and has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Since spring 2020, when the first national lockdown began, levels of [...]
Over 600 pieces of artwork created in lockdown will form new nationwide exhibition to highlight the power of art on health and wellbeingLydia Taylor2021-06-15T10:18:05+01:00
Art by Post participants. Credits (L-R): Kate Elliott; Kate Elliott; Eoin Carey Art by Post: Unlocking creativity for our wellbeing launches at the Southbank Centre this September before touring nationwide for five months Creative responses from over 4,500 Art by Post participants have been selected and carefully curated for this one-of-a-kind exhibition The ambitious project is delivered in partnership with the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP) and supported by leading international health bodies, including the World Health Organisation, as well as 13 delivery partners and over 150 domestic referral partners The announcement comes as the Southbank Centre makes [...]
Carers’ Week is the opportunity to think about the millions of family members and friends looking – unpaid - after people who couldn’t manage without their support. Although their efforts are often taken for granted, or completely unnoticed, if their help had to be replaced by the state, analysis1 in 2015 suggests the bill would be more than £132 billion - basically the cost of a second NHS! The pandemic and lockdowns have increased the pressures on carers: Carers UK’s second Covid survey, in October 2020, showed that 4 in 5 carers (81%) were providing more care than before lockdown. Most [...]
My organisation, Burnley Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service (BPRCVS) formed in 1935 and has celebrated volunteer’s week for many years. Volunteers’ week in the UK was started in 1984 by Volunteer England and is now coordinated by NCVO (national council for voluntary organisations). It has, every year, provided a more formal and marked occasion and opportunity to say a massive thank you to the 1000s of people who give their time (and very often money) to help others who are less fortunate. They can volunteer for larger and better-known organisations such as the NHS or Age UK, but often [...]
On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to motivational speaker and spoken word artist, Kamal Ellis-Hyman. With a passion for raising young people’s aspirations regardless of their circumstances. He has been a Youth MP for Peterborough, an Olympic Torchbearer and was awarded Peter Jones’ National Entrepreneur of the Year. Kamal founded Aim A Little Higher, and delivers assemblies, workshops and programmes based around themes of self-awareness, clarity of purpose and work ethic working with over 40,000 students across the UK. Kamal himself transformed from performing less well than he wanted to in his mocks GCSEs to achieving 7A’s & 2A*’s and he now uses [...]
Social prescribing playbook launched at the Global Solutions Summit in Berlin, supporting social prescribing to spread globallyLydia Taylor2021-05-28T11:55:17+01:00
The National Academy for Social Prescribing, working as part of the Global Social Prescribing Alliance, has launched its ‘Good Health and Wellbeing - Social Prescribing’ Playbook at an international event today, demonstrating how to implement social prescribing as a revolutionary approach to improving health and wellbeing on a global scale. The Playbook showcases best practices in social prescribing, and highlights shared learning that can support health systems around the world to navigate good health and wellbeing during and after the pandemic. It builds on the momentum and vision set out by the global leaders through their Sustainable Development Goals to ‘leave no one behind’, launched at the UN General Assembly in 2015. It also supports [...]
On our latest episode of Podcast on Prescription, Dr Radha Modgil speaks to the incredibly inspiring Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. As well as a 5 x Gold medal winner, Paralympic Games competitor, world record holder, President of Sports Leaders UK, Chair of UK Active, Chancellor for Northumbria University, President of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Vice-President of the Local Government Association, and one our trustees, Tanni has many achievements and accolades under her belt. In this episode, Tanni talks about the challenges she's faced throughout her career and how she’s motivated herself to get to where she has. With Dr Radha, they also discuss the ways social prescribing helps people's long-term health and wellbeing and the important role link workers have to support this. Listen to the podcast now [...]